Education Coordinator

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We'll be looking for someone who can come to a program that works and make it something new and better. At the same time, she or he will need to be able to work within the culture and limitations (and with the unique strengths) of Free Geek and volunteerism. She or he should also be dedicated to our mission and ready to jump into a democratic workplace. An ideal candidate will have some experience in program development (or, alternately, curriculum development) and sensitivity to the needs of volunteers. His/Her previous coworkers should have a sneaking suspicion that s/he is secretly a superhero.

And one has to have a sense of humor to work here or it just isn't gonna work.

In addition, the Education Coordinator participates in general Free Geek operations, substituting for other collective members and filling in where needed. He/She also cross trains other collective members so that they will be able to cover gaps in the Education Program.

This is a job in a worker collective. Your first three to six months will be as a provisional member of the collective. At the end of that time our decision whether or not to bring you on as a permanent collective member will be made through a peer review process.

Education at Free Geek

Candidates for this job should have read about the history of the Education Program and our plans for its future.

Free Geek currently offers some classes and it is expected that in the future we will offer more, but the bulk of our Education Program is hands-on and the initial job of an Education Coordinator would be to look at the current system and improve on it.

Specific duties:

  • Work with other collective members to improve education aspect of the various volunteer programs.
  • Find volunteers to teach classes.
  • Work for better volunteer teacher retention.
  • Document educational aspects of Free Geek, including classes.
  • Create classes.
  • Coordinate Free Geek's volunteer internship program.
  • Attend meetings as necessary.
  • Learn procedures for other parts of Free Geek and fill in as necessary.
  • Participate in collective management structure.

Required skills:

  • Aptitude for putting information in transmittable form (teaching)
  • Basic computer knowledge: use of web browser, email, word processor, and spreadsheet.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work in a consensus decision making process related to staff and policy issues.
  • Patient and courteous with the public.
  • Ability to work with and coordinate volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience.
  • Able to work in an informal, friendly environment with a diverse staff
  • Work well under stress in an unusual setting, maintaining a positive attitude even in the face of adversity
  • Not afraid to ask questions, but able to work on projects almost entirely without supervision
  • Able to remain flexible as Free Geek grows and changes